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Our Great Error: Enjoy A Radical Sensory Leap Into the Health and Peace
of an Organic Tomorrow
are biologically conceived
as children of Mother Nature to suckle the loving breast of her health,
balance and beauty. Upon our birth into Industrial Society,
weans us to suck instead its plastic nipple on a bottle of
whiskey. For the remainder of our lives we suffer the
effects of the whiskey until we connect with nature's power to help us
replace our whiskey-nipple addiction."
history of the eons,
since "the Big Bang," consists of wordless, self-organized, sub-atomic
relationships that, based
on and fueled by natural attraction energy,
grew to become the universe we
know today, including us.
On Planet Earth, more than thirteen billion
years after the beginning of time and nature as we know it, humanity
began to build relationships through its gift of language.
species created a never before seen, story-governed way of life on
by our self-conceived success,
our stories created an attractive, but inaccurate, story about
themselves and us. This false story said that humanity's
to think via abstract "artificial tropic-making" stories was a more
intelligent and efficient way to survive than the way nature's
inarticulate attraction relationships worked.
By providing people with sensory rewards, the strongest story tellers
became and remain leaders who indoctrinate or addict their listeners to
our society's often misleading, self-aggrandizing, nature-conquering
yarns. These accounts encourage lifestyles based on our excessive
exploitation and conquest of nature. They overwhelm nature's
homeostatic purity because nature is defenseless.
has no rights and it remains non-literate. It can neither
understand us nor communicate with us through articulate or written
does communicate with us through 53 natural senses
learn to demean and ignore. For example, nature's sense of thirst
intelligently tells us when and when-not to connect with the water
cycle. In addition, it rewards us with good feelings for doing what it
urges. It quenches our thirst.
nature-separated story process
keeps us out communication with nature's inarticulate but
self-correcting health and wisdom. We are taught to keep
"inconvenient knowledge" buried in our subconscious mind and in our
genetics. This entombment permits our overwhelming
nature-destructive stories to continue to mislead our thoughts and
feelings about how we can
survive in sustainable balance, wellness and peace with nature and each
of us have lost our identity and sanity
to the juggernaut
of nature-estranged half truths that daily flood our media world.
We are indoctrinated to become consumers or desensitized
To quell the dissatisfactions emanating from their nature-deprived and
hurtfully stressed inner nature, our leaders continually indoctrinate
the world with stories that produce additional greed, inequality,
profit and power.
central way of thinking socializes us into our radical troubles.
They emanate from the "progre$$ is to conquer-nature" story of
Industrial Society. They mold us out of our peaceful humanity
become adulterated cultural objects, consumers and
Acting against our better judgment we are addicted to produce
disorders of the body, mind and spirit never before seen on
on average, over 99
percent of our thoughts and feelings are rewarded for being disconnected from nature.
Our psyche is knowledgeably
by nature-disconnected stories to use
150 percent more
resources each year then our planet produces. This is
problems demand radical solutions.
The remedy for our dilemma is to engage in the accredited art and
Educating, Counseling and Healing with Nature
Through conscious sensory contact with nature's powers, backyard or
backcountry, ECHN helps us create moments that let Earth
This allows nature's renewing ways to address our addictions, to
embrace us and help our
psyche transform our destructive personal, social and
environmental bonds into responsible and rewarding
empowers us to hear nature's "story." It is
irresponsible to substitute for or ignore it. We must re-integrate it
into our body, mind and spirit.
helps us enjoy wholesome satisfactions and sustainability.
It helps us make sense by making
direct sensory contact with authentic nature, backyard or
backcountry. It works because Nature is the unadulterated fountainhead
about its genius and powers.
To continue to obtain fulfillment from our inadequate stories and our
substitutes for nature, increases the problems we are trying to
put, act organic.
Benefit from the the values of learning how to therapeutically hug a
tree instead of just reading about doing it or buying a plastic tree.
others do the same.
benefits of ECHN are documented on Project NatureConnect's
pages and their links.
helps us increase personal, social and environmental
well-being. To disregard it is to continue the problems we
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REPORTS FROM ANONYMOUS PROJECT
"I love the wind in my hair! My next big purchase will be a
bike! I just moved to Austin and am working downtown. I live only a 15
bike commute to work in a cubicle all day- but from this course I am
very much looking forward to the purchase and big change in my
My mom once told me that anger is a secondary emotion. That hurt or
sadness is a primary emotion that leads to anger. I think it is very
hurtful that people don't care enough about the environment. Maybe
feeling this hurt rather than anger is a remedy that will bring us
closer ot the way
the unconditional loving Spirit must feel
I think it is incredible that you have never lived
you feel completely disconnected from the earth. Maybe the Universe is
trying to teach you about how sickening it is for the majority of
humanity in which all they know is disconnect from Earth.
nature is like the error or the fountain in the park. It
me of "They paved paradise, And put up a parking lot."
i live, acres and acres of rolling hills and fields have been plowed
down for townhouse and condo complexes. Seems like everyone around here
is in a SUV or large pick up truck - getting out on a bike is always a
is a fragile thing - sounds like you have a pretty good sense of
awareness and have been really trying to maintain your natural
is a growing amount of light pollution here but we were able to get the
telescope the other night and look at the moon and we caught a glimpse
of Venus and Jupiter. It was a great opportunity to reconnect with the
sure is hard seeing the world as a natural resource when you are stuck
in traffic. I have always struggled with the whole idea of driving for
hours to do an outdoor activity. In the paddling community, there are a
group of people who can list off the extreme and remote places that
they have been to but don't take advantage of the local lakes, rivers,
and ocean paddling opportunities. I've been very lucky to explore lots
of small rivers, lakes and creeks near my home. It may not have the
radical name recognition or wow factor as some of the great trips but
it is a
lot of fun and it gets me out on the water and its peace.
My children are a big part of my journey and they
are great at
pointing out birds and providing lots of opportunities to connect with
nature. I think that's the key: we need to make seeking out
attractions part of our day to day routine so that they are continuousl
There is a hill in our city and the hill is
covered top to bottom in houses. I
predicted I wasn’t going to be completely enlightened by all the natural
beauty but I was.
things that called to me were the seeds hanging from a tree, a very
large pelican, a series of sloughs, many white egrets along and the
sunshine. I was also very appreciative of the people who,
me, were out enjoying nature too.
probably rode about 8-10 miles. It was nice. I
enjoyed myself. I like the wind through my hair. I
being efficient, on top of highway 101 sitting on my bicycle.
was a bit
angry, angry that driving so much has become so commonplace, angry when
I see a brand new SUV on the streets in an age where we have cars that
fuel on electricity alone. I felt proud, proud to not have
contributed to this mess for the afternoon.
identifying Earth as a dead natural resource or a wisely balanced
living atomic organism make a difference in what you think, feel and
act/relate? I am noticing at this point that I am going
severe deprivation of nature. I have been riding my bike and
walking as much as possible but there are still several times during
the day that I have to drive my car.
Every now and then, we need
to experience something that will help mold us to see beyond ourselves
“cultural objects” and a part of a much larger, more than human
world. I was lucky enough to have another experience like
recently. Following up on my encounter with the snowy owl, I took a day
trip with my children to one of the local mountains to go sledding.
There were a large group of crows playing in the trees. Once again, I
asked for permission to be with nature's species. I felt a strong
the crows and reported that I felt an incredible sense of peace and
belonging as I
spent most of the afternoon watching them play in air and
Once again, I articulated my thanks to them for sharing their
The above activity really helped me transform, to
connect with nature in an open
based fashion. This is a clear contrast to my previous misleading goal
accolade driven way of thinking. I am starting to understand
difference as a story teller between being in nature (driving to a
specific location to
do a specific outdoor activity) and truly connecting with nature
(experiencing the web strings that hold us all together first hand). I
am not sure how many other people were able to connect with the crows
the trees and other elements in the same way that I did on that
day. By learning to let nature teach and indoctrinate me, I
am finding more and more
opportunities to go beyond the adulterated societal roles and
inaccurate expectations that we
carry on our shoulders each day.
the way home from work today, I went for a walk in a park that was on
my way home. As I started the walk, my thoughts raced with
concerns about my health and the challenges of returning to
I stopped in a clearing and asked for consent to be in natural setting
and took a few minutes to clear my mind. I could feel the wind, hear
the water splashing over rocks, smell the trees and plants. Slowly, as
I relaxed more fully, I was able to connect with more senses – I became
aware of the chickadees and squirrels that I could not hear or see
before. As I walked along, I saw nurse trees supporting new
growth and salmon carcasses providing
food and nutrients –
everything was in balance. One of the great benefits of this
course is that it is helping me to understand the cultural impact that
moments have in connecting me to the more than human world.
Taking time for hikes and other natural attraction activities should
help me maintain balance in my personal and professional life while
strengthening my connection bonds to the natural world.
British Columbia, there is a growing movement to privatize the
generation of hydro electric power. The official position of the
provincial government is that they cannot afford the infrastructure
costs associated with these consumer projects. Of particular interest
largely unregulated “micro dam” developments that take place on small
creeks, streams, and other waterways. Like most people in British
Columbia, when I first heard about these developments, I did not think
about it as it did not affect my day to day life in a measureable way.
That changed when I started to hike and paddle on some of the affected
waterways. The ecological damage is nothing short of catastrophic –
forests being mowed down to build power lines and roads, the flooding
and the devastating impact on vulnerable salmon populations and other
typing these notes reminds me of how much it hurt to see these pristine
places permanently destroyed for private companies to profit on “cheap
resources”. Since that time, I have been active in efforts to
create awareness of the true costs of these developments and how they
affect all of us. As we travel further into this course, I am feeling
not only a need to recognize and embrace natural attractions but a real
need to preserve natural environments as well. The key point here is
how we define things: a natural resource is one thing but a beautiful
and fragile natural environment is something else – even if they both
occupy the same place and time."
experience, field study testimonials and evaluations
that support independent nature-connection
research may be
found on the
pages, below (often in the middle of them.)
as well as
quotes in Einstein's
Appendices of Educating
Counseling and Healing with Nature
information: contact Michael J. Cohen, Ph.D.
Resource Book: http://www.ecopsych.com/ksanity.html
online training now http://www.ecopsych.com/orient.html
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